We are celebrating our tenth anniversary

CelebratingCelebrating our tenth anniversary

This week we are celebrating the tenth Anniversary of our opening so we had a small celebration via ZOOM including a quiz from our resident quiz master Michael Palfrey ably assisted by Mandy, keeping the score.

The Clark-Morris family are very creative and put together this lovely banner as well as baking blue & white biscuits and cupcakes.

Our plan was to have a week of celebrations starting with a reopening by Alok Sharma (who opened the clinic in 2010) and culminating with a party but that will have to wait a while.



celebratingCelebratingThe theme for our quiz was blue and white and not to be out done Michael was fully regaled .

Part of celebrating our 10th anniversay is to announce we will be opening our doors for appointments with podiatrists and osteopaths from the 6th July – HOORAH!


Acupressure Points

Emily and Acupressure Points

For the past 5 weeks Emily has been making videos, one per week, about acupressure points. We have had some great response to them especially last weeks about how to relieve hayfever symptoms.

Just in case you missed them or would like to share them here they are all in one place:-

Always wash your hands before using acupressure points

Links are on the Week numbers

Week 1

Yintang can help calm the mind when feeling stressed, anxious or having difficulty falling asleep Just a few points before you view the video:-

Week 2

Massaging Large Intestine 4 can help relieve pain due to many conditions, such as headache or migraine, toothache, menstrual cramps, musculoskeletal pain.

PLEASE NOTE – The point can be helpful to control pain during labour, but it should be avoided at all other stages of pregnancy

Week 3

Point Small Intestine 3 is useful for neck and shoulder pain

Week 4

Point Bladder 2 is great for you if you are feeling the affects of hayfever including itchy eyes, sneezing, frontal headaches etc.



pic by Pete Linforthon from Pixabay

Week 5

Point Liver 3 is great when feeling stressed, tense, frustrated





Acupressure Points






It’s Thursday – time for Yoga with Yulia

Thursday morning……. I roll over, grab my phone and press the alarm off. I decide to have a quick shower to shake the fog from my brain, throw on some borrowed fitness clothes and think 🤔’At least I look the part’ – that’s where it ends !

I grab my tablet and go into the increasingly popular ‘Zoom room’ and get ready for my host (Yulia) to let me in to her weekly Yoga class – Downward dog here I come !!!

We all mumble a sort of ‘Hi’ ( after all it is only 8.30 in the morning ) Some are even in the garden – I should probably try as the fresh air might invigorate me , but concerned the neighbours may peep over the fence and have a good laugh at my attempts of moving my various body parts where they don’t really want to go !


So…….. to start

Cat Pose YogaCat Pose – although not feeling very feline .


Warrior Pose YogaThe Warrior – It definitely feels like I’m going into battle !!!


Yoga pose cobraOnto the Cobra – How I wish my body was more ‘snakelike’ – instead of being as stiff as a board – which brings me to ….


The Plank yogaThe Plank – Not too bad at this , although I definitely feel a bit of a one 😏 And so on and so on ……

BUT …. and there is a but , I am most certainly improving each week.

Thank you Yulia 😊




Written by one of our Receptionists, Brenda. Due to other commitments Yulia isn’t running her Thursday yoga classes at the moment – please visit her facebook page for exercise videos and updates. Link to Yulia’s  FaceBook page

Is working from home a pain in the neck (or back)?

Is working from home a pain in the neck (or back)?

working from homeWe have had a number of calls from patients who are experiencing various issues associated with working from home. Never mind the distractions of unruly pets and bored children, many people have had to improvise a workstation involving their dining table and a hard chair. In some instances, this is leading to numb bums, sore back and stiff necks. In extreme circumstances it is causing sufficient discomfort to prevent people from working.

working from homeWe have been testing a variety of chairs and have found one product in particular that is very comfortable, offers great support for the spine, is extremely easy to adjust and is very affordable. The exciting news is that we are so impressed that we will be offering these chairs for sale to our patients at Theale Wellbeing Centre when we reopen.

working from homePlease remember that, whilst having a good chair is a key component to avoiding workstation related discomfort, there are a number of other things you can do to reduce the stresses and strains from prolonged periods sitting in front of a computer. These include taking regular breaks (every 15 – 20 minutes), drinking plenty of water, having an eye test to avoid eye strain and headaches and asking for help if you are feeling overwhelmed by stress or pain. Our clinic may currently be closed but we are still available to offer you advice and guidance if you are struggling.

Michael wrote this blog about working from home that has some useful tips in.

Lessons from Lockdown

Loving Lockdown

Wow, where have the last 10 weeks gone?! I went into isolation with Lily a week before the lockdown instructions were give to us. I must admit, at first I was petrified. How was I going to entertain Lily for a week let alone 10! We started with a schedule of PE with Joe at 9am, that lasted all of 2 days, followed by our daily walk (that’s a must!!), lunch (why does my daughter dislike eating!!) and then playtime (one day we had created Lilys nursery in the garden and pretending it was on fire!!) It was going to be a long week let alone it materialising into ten! My husband was still working for the first week until the golf club had to temporarily close. He was due to start a new job on the 30th March, which of course hasn’t happened however, he got a job delivering pizzas at our local Dominos to help support the family! Hero!!

I will admit, there have been a few trying times with our daughter but it was mainly because she misses her family and friends. I remember one day we were out for a bike ride and she just stopped and broke down into tears because she was missing everyone so much. From the start, Lily understood their was a ‘nasty virus’ as she calls it and we had to stay at home. The hardest thing to explain was, when the lockdown was over that things wouldn’t be normal for a while or we had to find a new normal.

Before the lockdown, I was working A LOT! I was getting some serious mum guilt as I felt like I was just sending Lily to childcare and not spending enough time with her. She is going to be starting school in September and I felt like my little girl was growing up so fast and I was missing it. So for us as a family, this lockdown has been a blessing in disguise. We have had the time as a family we needed. One of my dear friends has always said to me, the best place for a child to develop is to be at home with their family and she is right. It has helped us understand Lilys emotions, we have been able to help teach her things through play and most importantly, we’ve had fun! However, it has also shown us, how much her childcare settings had taught her and I can’t thank them enough. One day we were out for a walk and she described exactly the process of bees making honey! Myself and Ben were speechless!!!

Some people are keen for the lockdown to be over and things try to return to normal. For me personally, I’m not. I’ve loved the last 10 weeks in our little bubble. I’ve enjoyed our daily walks to see the ducks, watching Lily learning to ride a bike, setting her a challenge of riding/ running 26 laps of our close to raise over £1200 for the Alzheimer’s Society, not being reliant on coffee because I’m getting good sleep and most importantly not rushing here there and everywhere!

The lockdown has taught us many things as a family and it has also helped us make some major decisions. Most of all, it’s made us realise, how important it is to spend time as a family. I fear that once things return to ‘normal’ it will be easy for people to return to their old ways, so going forwards, although we are super excited for Lily to have a sleepover with a family member when it’s safe to, so we can get a long lie in, the weekends will be for us to spend as a family. Whether it’s doing a parkrun together or going for a nice long walk or sitting at home cuddled on the sofa watching a film, the weekend will be our family bubble time. I will make sure I’m at all her after school clubs, because seeing her get a new badge or certificate and more importantly having fun, is the best feeling in the world and no offence to all my wonderful clients, it’s a much better feeling than helping you walk out of the clinic pain free! Ohhh and one final thing we will be having one big family party, when it is safe to do so to celebrate everyone’s birthday because Zoom birthday parties just aren’t the same!!!

Abby Fudge, Osteopath

Take a Virtual Trip to the Beach

Trip to the Beach

Image by Walkerssk from Pixabay

Take a virtual trip to the beach to relieve tension

Ed Francis takes you on a soothing and relaxing virtual trip to the beach of your dreams via this video.  With soothing music and some lovely images Ed’s video will your help to relieve any stress you are feeling either because you are spending a lot of time at your computer or just worried about the current challenging times. As you take each step in your mind you will feel the tension leaving your body and a sense of true relaxation taking over.

Trip to the Beach

Image by 272447 from Pixbay

Ed Francis is a Clinical Hypnotherapist practicing in the Reading and Berkshire area.

He specialises in smoking addiction and depression and anxiety issues, working alongside several GPs. However, hypnotherapy can also support other concerns including weight loss, fears and phobias, sleep problems and other medical issues.

Ed has written a number of blogs including the following:

Stress Awareness

Let’s Be Positive

He is currently offering

An initial free consultation
One hour therapy sessions for just £75
As well as offering talking sessions, psychotherapy and/or counselling as well as hypnotherapy. He is also hosting fun regular sessions via his Facebook page.


Ed Francis, Hypnotherapist

The Benefits of Massage

benefits of massageMassage is one of the oldest known therapies, originating in China, India and Egypt thought to date as far back as 3000BC. These ancient civilisations understood the health benefits of physical therapy – the benefits of massage. 

This BBC programme explores the health benefits of this physical therapy and puts some measure to how it can not only make you feel good but how it can actually help with a wide range of health conditions beyond muscular pain. 

Here at Theale Wellbeing Centre we have a wide variety of massage therapists. These include: 

benefits of massage

Sports Massage 

The benefits that sports massage especially for athletes on the body are immense. Massaging will stretch and manipulate muscles and this will increase nutrients and blood flow to the area, whilst efficiently removing waste and lactic acid from the muscles. Also, any postural imbalances due to tight or short muscles will be addressed using massage. 

benefits of massageShiatsu (Japanese Acupressure Massage) 

Shiatsu is a dynamic hands-on healing system, originating in Japan, which uses the power of touch, pressure and gentle stretching techniques to balance the body’s energy system, our emotions and the functions of our internal organs. Fiona Carson our Shiatsu therapist is feature in this blog about the benefits of this ancient healing system and information about her free webinar. 


Reflexology is a Complementary Therapy that works on the feet allowing the body to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury or disease, it is in a state of “imbalance”, and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. Reflexology can be used to restore and maintain the body’s natural balance and encourage healing. 

There are very many benefits of massage and before too long you will be able to book an appointment to experience them.


The healing benefits of Shiatsu, acupressure massage

acupressure massageShiatsu massage (also known as Acupressure Massage) is a dynamic hands-on healing system, originating in Japan, which uses the power of touch, pressure and gentle stretching techniques to balance the body’s energy system, our emotions and the functions of our internal organs. Based on Oriental Medicine Theory (like acupuncture), this massage can help in a wide range of conditions – from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. It is a deeply relaxing, yet invigorating therapy and regular sessions can help to prevent the build up of stress in our daily lives. It is a lovely nourishing therapy to have during pregnancy and can be performed in side-lying position. Many of the stretching techniques employed are very similar to Thai yoga . 

acupressure massageOur Shiatsu Massage Therapist, Fiona, has been practising shiatsu for more than 13 years after completing 3 years training with the European Shiatsu School and has been fully accredited by the UK Shiatsu Society. In this interview (July 2019) by the Shiatsu Society you will find out more about Fiona, what made her choose Shiatsu and her plans for the future. 

Fiona is running a free webinar this Friday 15th May, at 1pm, where she will show you some simple but very powerful techniques to reduce anxiety and boost your immune system. Email her [email protected]

We are confident that we will be opening soon when you will be able to make an appointment with Fiona and experience the many benefits of Shiatsu Massage (Acupressure Massage).

Bare Feet & Slippers

Bare Feet & Slippers

Have you found yourself spending all your time in your slippers or in bare feet?

During this period of ‘lock down’ when many of us have been prevented from carrying out our usual daily activities e.g. going to work.  This means that a lot of us have been, largely confined to home, more especially those people in self isolation.

This has inevitably led to various changes which can be beneficial but may also cause problems. For example, some have used this time to do more ‘keep fit’ or gardening. If these activities are started too rapidly and your body is not used to the new loads and movements, it can cause injury. We would therefore suggest that you gradually build into these activities allowing your body to adjust.

Similarly, the type of footwear that you would normally be wearing may be altered during this unusual period. Supportive work footwear, for example, may have been replaced by unsupportive sandals or slippers or no footwear at all. This means that the help that supportive footwear offers to the feet and lower leg may not be provided when wearing non supportive footwear.

As a result, problems such as Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis) and Achilles tendonitis are more likely. If you are experiencing the start of any of these type of problems, we suggest that you consider the possibility that it may be due to the changes in your activities or the changes in your footwear.

If you think that this may be the case it would be useful to either ease off from the new activities and then gradually reintroduce them , or, if you think that your problem may be due to a change in footwear, reintroduce supportive footwear such as trainers when you are being most active.

If you are have any specific problems you would like to discuss with our podiatry team – contact us we are happy to offer advice and hopefully we will be able to offer appointments very soon.



Choons and Chatter

Take a break with Choons and Chatter


Ed Francis


Image by Ryan MacGuire on Pixabay

During the isolation, one of our therapists (Ed Francis) has been going live on his Facebook page, to have some fun and play music to escape the Covid conversation, due to popularity, Ed has set up a new page called “Choons and Chatter” – https://www.facebook.com/choonsandchatter/

Ed goes live on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm.

“Choons and Chatter” is running a competition to keep spirits high over the coming weeks where you could win one of the following

·      A gift voucher for Theale Wellbeing Centre

·      A gift voucher for Virgo Beauty

·      A day on a filming set for TV, Movie or a Music video or a magazine shoot working with animals via “Animals Work” the number one animal supplier for the entertainment industry.

·      An animal encounter session with Ed Francis (creepy crawlies)Bug Display

·      A gift voucher from a national garden centre

Be careful, there are some booby prizes too! A rusty penny, a cabbage, a packet of hobnobs – and not the chocolate ones!

More prizes will be announced over the coming days on Ed’s page

On Wednesday 29th at 8pm, our very own Michael Palfrey will be going live with Ed on “Choons and Chatter” for a chit chat and playing a variety of Glam Rock songs. We feel this will be worth the laugh and this will be something you DO NOT WANT TO MISS.


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